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Students study the layers of the Earth.  In this Earth's crust instructional activity students complete an activity, divide into groups and diagram and define given terms. 
Students write a praise chorus and discover the composition of the Earth's crust.  In this Biblical creation and the Earth's crust lesson, students read a praise passage from Psalms and perform a choral reading.  Students discuss the gifts God created in the Earth and the layers beneath their feet.
Students investigate the Earth's crust. In this geology lesson, students identify the materials made up of the Earth's crust and investigate the different kinds of soil.
In this Earth's crust learning exercise, students define key terms associated with the Earth's crust. Students review the types of stress and the kinds of faults. This learning exercise has 9 matching, 5 multiple choice, 1 graphic organizer, and 6 fill in the blank questions.
Pupils watch a slideshow and review various pictures, footage and maps that illustrate earthquakes and their effects. They use candy bars to demonstrate stresses and types of faults in the Earth's crust and plot information on maps.
Students study the basic elements of the Earth's crust: rocks, soils and minerals. They categorize rocks, soils and minerals and how they are literally the foundation for our civilization. They also explore how engineers use rock soils for many different purposes.
Students explore Earth science by answering geology questions. In this plate tectonics lesson, students identify the regions in New Zealand prone to earthquakes due to faults and plate friction. Students utilize fruit peels, water and a jug to conduct an experiment which mimics the movement of Earth's crust as well as other activities which simulate Earth movement.
Students identify materials as either chemically or physically weathered. They describe how a glacier can change the earth's crust, and identify at least five examples of changes in the earth's crust in their neighborhood.
Students use a nectarine to represent the planet earth in order to explain the ratio and proportion of the earth's crust, core, and usable land surface. They identify the crust, mantle and core of the earth.
Students explore the Earth's crust. In this earth science lesson, students participate in 2 activities that demonstrate physical and chemical weathering. Students also play Jeopardy with topics including volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, glaciers, and plate tectonics.
Students read an online article about an earthquake and follow up with a series of discussion questions about earthquakes. They answer questions in their science journals about continental drift, plate tetonics, and their influence on earthquakes. They draw diagrams and label the layers of earth in their notebooks.
Eighth graders describe how stress builds up in the Earth's crust by the movement of tectonic plates. In groups, they relate the three types of stresses to the types of plate movements and explain how the stress causes faults to form. They create their own models to demonstrate the plate movements.
A colorful wedge of Earth, map of tectonic plates, and numbered facts about Earth structure fill the first two pages of this resource. After reading and absorbing the information, geologists get into groups and make clay models to demonstrate faulting and folding of Earth's crust. A second activity is also included in which individuals research Pangaea, Laurasia, and Gondwana. Plenty of background information and a grading rubric are included to support you with these assignments.
Students watch the movie Discovering Timpanogos Cave to study the changes in the earth's crust and the formation of caverns. They experiment with vinegar and limestone to observe changes and record crystal formation.
Students examine the layers of the Earth by comparing it to a hard-boiled egg. In this layers of the Earth lesson, students decorate an egg with the continents and oceans. They examine and compare the inner layers of an egg to those of the Earth before discussing how volcanos are formed. They complete the associated worksheet.
This slide show progresses through a comprehensive review of the grounding principles of earth science. Get down and dirty with the details of fossil fuels! Help your geologists to have a rock solid understanding of the rock cycle. The final topic of atmospheric gases and pollution will bring a breath of fresh air to your lesson. Use your choice of the 52 slides to support different lectures.
Students measure movements in the Earth's crust due to seismic activity. Students calculate the amount of displacement in horizontal and vertical direction due to an earthquake.
Practice reading comprehension by approaching oceanography through 2 pages of informational text. The text compares the ocean floor to the Grand Canyon to gives students perspective, and gives a brief coverage of the earth's crust and ocean floor characteristics. Ten true/false questions follow, prompting students on direct recall and comprehension. To add interest, consider some pre-reading activities, such as guessing words that will appear in the text!
Students study geologic terms, interpret rock samples, and examine the mechanisms by which folds and faults occur within the earth's crust.
Students research physical science by creating a model in class. In this earth layers lesson plan, students define the Earth inner and outer core as well as the crust and their characteristics. Students utilize clay, marbles and a knife to construct a model Earth while illustrating the layers.

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